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Transforming the Fearful Brain

Rick HansonSaturday, November 5

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Rick Hanson • Our evolutionary history has wired our brains for negativity, causing us to overestimate threats and expect the worst. Join psychologist Rick Hanson to find out why this useful survival mechanism can become a problem in our 21st-century lives.

You’ll learn about the foundation of the brain’s threat reactivity and recent research in neuroplasticity showing that we can consciously reshape our brains to overrule fearfulness and become more confident. You’ll discover methods for activating the calming parasympathetic nervous system and gain practical techniques to help yourself and your clients feel less vulnerable and more secure.

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist and author of Buddha's Brain and Just One Thing. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, and Affiliate of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he's taught at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard. Website:

Learning Objectives:
l. Summarize the evolutionary causes of the brain's negativity bias and threat reactivity
2. List 2 methods for helping clients stop overestimating threats
3. Discuss 3 methods for helping clients access a greater sense of personal strength